PORTLAND,Ore. – The distraught driver of a TriMet bus that mowed over several people this morning is now being identified.
Forty-eight-year-old Sandi Day was driving the out-of-service bus on TriMet's 9 route, heading west on Northwest Glisan Street before making a left turn onto Broadway Boulevard and colliding with a pack of pedestrians crossing Broadway. The bus trapped three of the walkers beneath the bus.
Two women that were trapped died – a 26 year old and a 22 year old – even as firefighters struggled to lift the bus to get them out. The third trapped pedestrian, 22-year-old Robert Gittings, suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition at a local hospital Sunday morning.
The two others in the group suffered minor injuries: 23-year-old Jamie Hammel and 28-year-old Ryan Hammel. Both were transported to area hospitals.
The accident occurred just before midnight Saturday, April 24. A Portland Police Bureau spokesperson said speed does not appear to be a factor. The bus driver is cooperating with investigators, and no arrests have been made in this incident at this time.